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Gouden Carolus Tripel - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Gouden Carolus TripelGouden Carolus Tripel

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Reviews: 431
Hads: 867
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 15.05%
Wants: 76
Gots: 136 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: marc77 on 08-12-2002

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Reviews: 431 | Hads: 867
Photo of horndecker
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It's a brassy orange hue, cloudy and luminous. A great foaming off white head roils up like boiling milk. The lace lingers.

Wow. The smell is tangerine candy, pine trees, resinous fruity esters, the alcohol shows itself. Eventually the aroma of lime prevails.

The taste is sweet fruit, tart tangelos washing over a buttery malt center. Butterscotch and an herbal, slightly bitter finish. What lingers though, is a sweet, sweet alcohol-laden haze. It's syrupy and somewhat full bodied with a nice fine carbonation which boils up with each sip.

Overall a nice brew, albeit less suited to many foods than other tripels, because of it's persistant sweetness.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: darker than i expected. from brown to amber to a light yellow/orange in the bottom of the glass. soapy foam.

aroma: oranges and brown sugar. very sweet and fruity nose.

taste: citrusey and caramel with a balancing bittersweet finish. oh, and an alcohol kick! aftertaste is clean though, mild warmth lingers from the abv. nice sipper here for a tripel.

drinkable! taste is light and body is light enough for a hot day. alcohol is a bit too pronounced and knocks the drinkability down some. still an expertly crafted beast here, and a dangerous one.

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Photo of Truh
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked a three-bagger with this one on 1/1/2005 to ring in the New Year. 1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz. caged and corked bomber poured twice in an Allagash glass.

1-inch plume of blistered, pock-marked head. Deeply golden to an orange hue with just a hint of haze and some beautiful cascading motion. Light summer, sweet cilantro and lemon/lime zest gratings on nose, with some spicy alcohol. Subtle, tangy malt with a shot of peach schnapps and some steel cut straw on mouth; frisonne of sunflower seeds and caramelized bananas. Overall, a cortex-crunching libation.

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Photo of Bierschenker
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*Place beer was reviewed: In ‘t Ankercafé, Grote Markt 28, B-2800 Mechelen

It had a nice Duvel like head. Which collapsed very as slow. The smell was a nice sweet hop odour. It had a long bitter hop taste that kept on lingering in the back my mouth. The aftertaste was very intense. Something I didn’t experience with this beer from the bottle.

Ut vivat, crescat, floreat!

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Photo of nortmand
4.82/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a brown, corked 750.
Pours brilliant, clear golden, with a lingering white head, but little lace. I think it's a bit cold.
Sweet smells of clove emenate, which are immediately incorporated into the deep spiciness.
At first taste, there is a tingling pepper that mingles with the carbonation. The taste then spreads into a sweet spiciness, reminiscent of Chai latte, but due to the clean fermentation of the Belgian yeast.
The perfect amount of carbonation rounds this beer into near perfection as it broadens into a silky, smooth delight.
Needless to say, quite drinkable.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden with a full off-white head and very active slow bubbled carbonation. Strong Belgian spicy malt aroma with alcohol very noticeable. Strong spicy malt flavors with traces of coriander and cardamom. Medium-full bodied with a strong alcohol finish.

Not very tripel-ish to me ... more like a Belgian Strong Pale with lots of Wit-like spice character.

Per Label: "since 1369"

(11.2 oz / 330 ml)

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Photo of jdhilt
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two-finger white head that vanishes without a trace lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Nose is distinctly raisins, starts sweet and finishes sweet and sour but mellow. No hint of alcohol!! Another excellent triple. 330ml bottle for $3.49 from Hoosick St. Discount Bev, Troy, NY.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gouden Carolus Triple pours in with a huge head that stays and leaves nice laces at the glas. Smell is very fruity, orange, koreander and also some hops. Smelling this nice palate you can't wait for the first sip. Its Alcoholic, yeastspicy and freshness of koreander again. The all over dry taste ends nice and bitter. Mouthfeel is good but could be a litle fuller. Finished this botle that was best till 2-4-07 within 15 minutes so must be good too!

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 33cl bottle.

pours a hazy gold with a 1/4 inch snow white head. Persistent head and persistent lacing. Smell is fruity and yeasty. Hints of sweetness and spice.

Taste is much like the smell, spicy and sweet. Light hint of cinnamon apples. Sour and peppery as it finishes. Really smooth and oddly creamy (for a tripel) Really one of the nicest textures I've had in a tripel. This one does not reveal it's strength in the body, though very flavorful. Watch out, it'll sneak up on you.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden in color with a creamy off-white head. Swirling carbonation from the bottom of the glass. The aroma is yeasty and peppery, with a light touch of fruits. It has a really soft aroma overall. The flavor is spicy, peppery and yeasty. It is also somewhat earthy as well. It is light in body for its strength and very drying in the finish. A very smooth, easy drinking Triple.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golde color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent that is slightly dry with a fruity yeast finish. It is rich and warm. The taste is good as well. It has a dry, warm, pale malt flavor that is rich and full of alcohol. It goes down slow and finishes slightly fruity and warm. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good tripel. It is a bit warmer than I would prefer, but it is full of flavor; a good drinker.

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Photo of Hex92
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You can smell the alcohol coming off this beer. I did a easy pour and ended up with no cloudiness. Nice white head that stuck around for a little while, didnt get much lacing. Alcohol warmed the tongue upon drinking. Good beer. Not fantastic. But then again Tripels aren't my favorite style. Interesting, but I don't think I would buy it again. There are just too many others out there that I like better.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice a hazy and chunky pale goledn with a white head that stood tall and fell slowly to lace the glass. The bottle had fallen over in the fridge so the haze and chunks were probably from that experience.

The aroma was low with some slight belgian yeast spiciness of clove. Some higher alcohols assist the fruity esters in the aroma to show themselves.

The flavor was light as well with a crisp bite of hop bitterness and a hop presence as well. The alcohol was present in the warming sensation after the beer is consumed. The flavor was also fruity, but muted. Spices resided after the hops fade and the background till the beer warmed and then spices, bitterness and alcohol rule the day.

The finish was dry with a lasting hop bittering that grew long into the aftertaste. The body was medium.

11.2 ounce bottle. Nice to drink, but not very complex. I hate to be odd man out, but this one just doesn't have the attributes of a great tripel.

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Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ouncer. No freshness dating exhibited. Pours a cloudy, hazy muddy shade of light brown, moderate white head and not leaving much lacing. Nose is fruity, musty, nutty, also alcohol present. First sip was kindoff sharp and biting, 9% clearly showing its fangs, as it warmed and mellowed, the flavors started to come out and shine. This flavorful brew, showed notes of nuts,fruits, yeasy phenolics. A Slight astrigent note also came foward. This is a Complex and interesting triple, certainly worth a try and worth trying over and over for lovers of the style.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden Carolus Triple was served from a small bottle into a tulip glass, where it sat as a muddied, orangish golden-yellow nectar that was topped with a fine, blanketing white head that left sheet lacing. The nose offered orange-tinged malts that held interesting earthy-mushroomy notes and well-developed spices...zesty bitter orange peel and coriander. The taste reflected the nose, with tasty orange zest-tinged malts and subtler melded spices such as coriander and anise. The orange then takes on a mandarin flavor in the somehow refreshing, spicy-hop bittered finish with lingering spicy anise and coriander. The alcohol blends in very well with the hoppiness The body was excellently composed. This was one of the most drinkable triples I have ever experienced...skillfully balanced, not too huge, but still satisfying. Recommended for an introduction to the style, or even to Belgian beers as a whole.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

75 cl. bottle pours a light amber fluid with a decent two finger white head. Smells peppery, lemongrass.Medium bodied with a bubbley, lively mouthfeel. Superb lemongrass, black pepper, leather, and woody oak wine barrel taste. Finishes with a slight hop - alcohol tang. Another great Belgium triple.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: deep gold, voluminous layer of dense off-white foam (even on a gentle pour), good clarity, lacey

Aroma: delicate cookie sweetness, light floral hop scent, marcipan, hint of rum raisins

Flavor: malt sweetness balanced by a smooth alcohol thread and a distant hop bitterness, slight spice, finishes dryish with an aftertaste of alcohol and a slight vegetal quality lingering

Mouthfeel: medium body, blooming carbonation, alcohol warmth, somewhat sharp

Other comments: Definitely a well-made Tripel, but I wouldn't consider it one of the best. Not a lot of complexity, though it is well balanced and the 9% abv is well hidden. May too well hidden!

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Photo of Crosling
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had the triple from Het Anker, which I personally consider to be a world class brewery many times before, but this is the first review.


A simply intoxicating aroma, lovely at times, not as others. Notes of cinnamon, deep malt, peaches, pears, icing and orange peels.

It's better fresh but this is still great. Tropical fruitiness (lemon, pear, pineapple) throughout along with a mild hop bite on the finish. Just a great triple.

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Photo of danadeny
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head is big and bubbly. The smell is sweet, fruity, and fresh. The taste wasn’t what I expected from the smell. The taste is very spicy, not fruity. With a strong burnt hops finish. Alcohol is detectable. Overall if you are looking for a tripple that is light on the fruit and strong on the hops, this is the one for you. Hop heads must try.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer as it sets in the “Triple” glass is a ambiguous golden orange color, the head is portly in size, the color and off white, and the texture spumous, as the head decays, it leaves behind a fine covering of lace to seal off the glass. The nose is loaded with malt aromas, slightly plummish, crisp and fresh; the start is malt laden and lightly sweet. The top is middling in feel, the acidity biting, and the hops purposeful in their spicy bite, also vinous, tart and the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a golden hazy beer with a huge head with perfect retention. Aroma is quite complex with a mix of yeast, hops, malts and something sweet like some orange. Taste is just incredible with a perfect mix between sweetness (this beer gotta have some candi sugar in it) and the hops. Alcohol is not noticeable at all, which is great when you have a 9% ABV beer. Overall, this is just wonderful, probably one the best discovery from my recent trip to Belgium.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

240606 on the bottle from beermania...
Hazy peach color (murky) with lots of bubbles in the goblet. Bid fluffy airy white head. Slightly sweet lemon rind nose. Juicy fruit flavors of peach and pine apple upfront then smooth onto a corrander and white pepper finish. Nicely balenced between the sweet fruit malt and spicy hop finish. Dry tongued herbal/grassy mouth after you swallow. Before you swallow you have a fuller smooth silky mouth. Avery nice brew... a complex rollercoaster.

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Photo of Andreji
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the gouden carolus, which I looked for insistingly in paris, came to appear on the outskirts (st.-germain-en-laye) as I watched Netherlands-Germany. The pour was pretty translucid, orangey with a slight but creamy clearly white head. The smell was abundant in spices and the alcohol was clearly felt as well as the malt.

The taste, although showing off considerably the presence of its alcohol, manages to be quite complex ranging through fruityness and the malt down to a slightly bitter finale. The taste was quite similar, as well imo, to a strengthened pale ale such as 'sierra nevada' which made it quite pleasant.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle corked and caged. No freshness date is listed, but it's a beautiful presentation with a black, gold and white label and a black and gold cage atop the cork. It pours a hazy golden orange with a full head of densely creamy white froth that holds exceptionally well and leaves some thick splashes of lace about the goblet. The lacing could be better, but given the 9% alcohol by volume not much more can be expected. The nose is candy sweet with a malty side to it that's nice; and some fruit (orange, apple, lemon) and peppery spice. It's even woody in a way. It's not real bold as tripels go; but it's clean, fresh, and inviting. The body is medium-light; and across the tongue it's lightly zesty with it's effervescent carbonation lending a tickle that's backed up by some light alcohol "sting". The flavor is as the nose suggests, but bolder with much more candy sugar and more apple flavor. It's light on the palate but satisfying, lending to a great deal of drinkability. Only it's alcohol content stands in the way of its being a highly drinkable beer; but that's only due to its intoxicating effect as the alcohol itself never really intrudes in the flavor. It's always present, but never becomes dominant. Quite well done; and certainly not one to be missed by fans of the tripel style.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Regal gold appearance. Hazed slightly. Thick crop of white foam. Retention is outstanding. And lacing is quite full. Aroma is delicate, but complex. It's earthy, herbal, spicy, hoppy, yeasty and bready. The taste follows suit quite nicely. There's a nice "farmyard" presence about this beer. A little peppery addition on the palate. And great yeastiness. Mouthfeel is appropriately carbonated. And the body is light-medium. Kind of an airy mouthfeel. This is one nice Tripel.

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Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
92 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.